AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Conducting Consultations on a new “Culture Strategy”
2015-10-01 6:58:46 PM

The government of Ontario is seeking input from across the province as it begins consulting on a new “culture strategy.” Interested individuals and stakeholders can get involved in this process by attending one of several town halls being held across the province, submitting ...





Bill 73 Passes Second Reading
2015-10-01 6:55:51 PM

Bill 73 , Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, has passed its second reading in the legislature and will now be reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Policy . The bill, which was carried on division, is designed to ensure that development charges better balance th...





What are the Next Big Things in Local Government?
2015-09-25 6:24:05 PM

The Alliance for Innovation has just published a new study that attempts to answer the question: what the next big things facing local government? The report, which is the culmination of over a year of research and consultation, contains 44 trends in four categories: resource...





Northern Policy Institute Launches New Research Tool
2015-09-25 5:34:57 PM

The Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre have made data just a click away by launching this new interactive data tool that displays Northern Ontario census data from between 2001 and 2011. “Northbynum...





AMCTO attends PPF Meeting on the Expanding Mandate of Ontario Ombudsman
2015-09-25 5:21:34 PM

On Monday September 21st in Ottawa, the Public Policy Forum (PPF)  hosted a meeting where members of the broader public sector - including AMCTO through a conversation on  Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 .   The meeting focused on identifying ...





New Paper on Municipal Credit and Borrowing
2015-09-17 3:36:18 PM

The Munk School's Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper, authored by Kyle Hanniman, which explores municipal credit and borrowing in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Specifically the paper seeks to understand why subnational government...





Municipal Use of Social Media Continuing to Grow
2015-09-17 2:46:29 PM

Redbrick Communication has released its latest update on how local governments in Ontario are using social and digital media. The update contains a number of interesting findings about how municipalities are making use of a variety of social media platforms, and becoming incr...





Liberals Look to Avoid Third Term with Marin
2015-09-11 6:34:49 PM

After an all-party panel could not reach consensus on the appointment of a new Ombudsman; it now appears that the Liberals are proposing to replace Marin with Deputy Ombudsman Barbara Finlay for a temporary term.  This was made clear in a letter from Government House Leader Ya...





Province Proposing a Lower Credit-Rating Threshold for Municipal Investments
2015-09-08 5:35:04 PM

In response to a request by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the province is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 438/97 , which regulates how municipalities are allowed to invest in bank debt. Currently local governments cannot hold investments which do not meet mini...





Ombudsman Mandate Grows - Ambiguity Surrounds Appointment
2015-09-03 1:09:06 PM

Municipalities are well aware that the provincial ombudsman will be gaining a significantly larger mandate over investigating complaints related to a number of broader public sector entities; notably that of municipalities.  While Andre Marin discusses this new authority aroun...





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